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outset

[out-set] /ˈaʊtˌsɛt/
noun
1.
the beginning or start:
I wanted to explain the situation at the outset.
2.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; out- + set
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British Dictionary definitions for out-set

outset

/ˈaʊtˌsɛt/
noun
1.
a start; beginning (esp in the phrase from (or at) the outset)
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Word Origin and History for out-set

outset

n.

"act of setting out on a journey, business, etc." 1759, from out + set (v.). The earlier word for this was outsetting (1670s).

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